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H 290 x W 205 mm

200 pages

Illustrated throughout with 18 plates in colour

Published Jun 2017

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784916329

Digital: 9781784916336

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Anuradhapura; Sri Lanka; archaeology; collapse; South Indian Chola Empire; 11th century; eleventh century

A Time of Change: Questioning the “Collapse” of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

By Keir Magalie Strickland

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This book reassesses the apparent collapse of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, through explicit reference to the archaeological record, rather than focusing solely upon textual sources which have been overly relied upon in previous studies.



Preface; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Anuradhapura: Geography, Environment and History of Research; Chapter 3: Collapse; Chapter 4: Methodology; Chapter 5: The Citadel; Chapter 6: The Sacred City; Chapter 7: The Hinterland; Chapter 8: The Discussion; Chapter 9: Conclusion

About the Author

Keir is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Bradford, Keir spent several years working in the British commercial archaeological sector – working on sites of every possible period across the UK and Ireland. However, after bailing out yet another near frozen trench he decided to return to academia, where it was warmer and there were chairs. Following an immensely enjoyable fellowship at the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), several field seasons spent crawling through dense jungle, and one unfortunate incident with a dugout canoe in a crocodile infested lake, he received his PhD from Durham University for an examination of the collapse of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Sri Lanka. He subsequently worked as a lecturer at the Archaeology Institute of the University of the Highlands and Islands in Orkney for several years, before joining La Trobe University in 2016. In addition to his work in Sri Lanka, and his commercial sector work, he has also excavated on sites across Nepal, Iran, Belize, and the Scottish Highlands and Islands. When not teaching, excavating, or falling out of canoes he enjoys sunshine, rum, and baseball.